You've Got to Read This Book

What does it take for a book to be life-changing? I love the idea of the perfect book hitting someone at just the right time. This book gives us that life-changing title for well-known figures including Wyland, Lou Holtz, and Nancy Pearl. It's thought-provoking and uplifting to read these anecdotes. Is there a book that changed your life? Please leave a comment below.


This book encourages the reader to give new life to old objects - turn an old t-shirt into a shaggy rug, bottle-caps into necklace charms, and alter your clothing beyond recognition. The instructions are clear and include illustrations. You'll find many of the required materials for these projects around your home, and you'll be just a short time away from fun and funky crafts!

Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This motion picture soundtrack features many well-known classic and contemporary country artists and songwriters such as, Buck Owens, Lucinda Williams, and Townes Van Zandt. Songwriters and performers Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett wrote the theme song, "The Weary Kind." "The Weary Kind" earned an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song." About one-third of the 23 songs are performed by well-known Hollywood actors such as, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell.

Van Lear Rose

Musician Loretta Lynn won Grammy Awards for "Best Country Album" and "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals" in 2005 for album "Van Lear Rose." Jack White, of the Detroit rock band, The White Stripes, produced the album and also sang with Lynn on the album's song "Portland, Oregon" (which won the vocal collaboration Grammy). Overall, the album is a gorgeous musical portrait of Lynn's life story.

Oracular Spectacular

This album, Oracular Spectacular, is undeniably catchy. MGMT are two guys based out of Brooklyn, New York. Their sound: synthesizer-pop, dance, and rock with uninhibited and sometimes weird-in-a-good-way vocals.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Columnist Thomas Friedman looks into the future to talk about the factors that will control our future from climate change (HOT), new technologies (FLAT), and population growth (CROWDED). 

The Big Year: A tale of man, nature, and fowl obsession

This book won me over with its quirky characters, real-life bird information, and its ability to turn get me interested in a subject I had never considered before. The Big Year follows three competitive birders in their race to see the most bird species in North America in 1998. It's a nonfiction book that reads more like a novel. Fiction readers and non-fiction fans alike will love it!

Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


More Award Winners & Bestsellers

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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award